01482 778 463
Client Focussed
No Win No Fee
Specialist Legal Teams
Hudgell Solicitors™ | Latest News | Dentistry industry needs stronger regulation to protect patients from poor standards of care

Dentistry industry needs stronger regulation to protect patients from poor standards of care

dental inspection


When the chair slowly reclines and the dentist hovers over you ready to start their work, just how confident are you of their ability, and the standard of work they carry out?

Perhaps more importantly, what do you really know about your dentist, their background, experience, and where you would stand legally should you feel your treatment has not been up to the standard expected.

Of course, most of us leave our dentist without ever questioning our treatment. We are happy to leave it to the experts, and as long as it proves a relatively painless experience, we feel confident all is as it should be.

However, in recent research, the dental industry has not scored very high on overall patient satisfaction. In fact, it says one in four said they were unhappy with their dental care.

Given our work at Neil Hudgell Solicitors, as specialists in handling many medical negligence and dental negligence claims, such figures are not surprising.

We represent an increasing number of clients who have suffered from poor dental treatment – often leaving them in pain – and our work in this area has brought a situation of real concern to our attention.

Claims against negligent dentists are on the rise, with hundreds of patients nationally suffering faulty work or surgery from a dentist who has then refused to cover the cost of repairs.

This leaves patients at risk of having to pay out thousands of pounds for repair work or live with the consequences of the errors made.

This is happening due to a loophole in regulations. Yes, all dentists have to register with the General Dental Council, and an independent regulator carries out inspections, but the rules are lax, making it easy for many to operate without indemnity.

Recent research estimated that more than one million people are being treated by dentists who are not covered for repair work if something goes wrong, and General Dental Council and Government statistics say more than 20 dentists fail to turn up to disciplinary hearings every year.

This, combined with an increasing number of horror stories from patients, is particularly worrying, and therefore makes it highly surprising to hear the Care Quality Commission (CQC), England’s regulator, talking of inspecting only 10 per cent of the 10,000 NHS practices in the UK over the next year, rather than the 44 per cent previously assessed.

The CQC says this move is due to the “lower risk from dental care”, but given the figures being quoted, it is hard to see how this conclusion has been drawn.

We have major concerns about an overall lack of regulation and accountability in the dentistry profession, and a move to further relax regulatory procedures seems a highly questionable one.

No Comments

Leave a Reply

*Required

The Author

author image

Simon Wilson

Senior Solicitor, Clinical Negligence

sw@hudgellsolicitors.co.uk

Request a callback

Request A Callback

I am an existing client.










Or call us FREE on:

01482 778 463


trust pilottrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot startrustpilot star

The data you submit will only be used by Hudgell Solicitors and only for the purpose of dealing with your enquiry.
See full privacy policy.

Looking to see if you're eligible?

Get in touch for free legal advice

0808 159 7699

Call today to speak to an expert

OR
Start your claim

What Our Clients Think

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Case still ongoing

"Case still ongoing, excellent communication between myself and solicitor.. 🤞🏻 for good outcome"

Quantity

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Excellent and fast

"Excellent and fast. I won’t go anywhere else from now on"

Aimee

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very helpful

"Listened too, great advice and feel rejuvenated by their response. Really helpful feedback and will… "

Mr Procter

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Great Service

"Hudgell Solicitors dealt with my case very quickly and effectively. The contact and communication was… "

Tracy

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Fantastic service

"Fantastic service, on the ball with everything and good outcome"

Hayley coleman

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very professional

"Very professional, took all the stress off my hands and very pleasant to deal with.… "

Steve

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Hudgsell’s were our insurers with…traffic accident in France - successful claim.

"Hudgsell’s were our insurers with regard to road traffic accidents occurring abroad, (France) we were… "

P. Nevitt

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Always honest with there appraisal and…

"Always honest with there appraisal and willing to listen"

Tim Edge/

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Made the whole holiday illness claim…

"Made the whole holiday illness claim stress free. Updates given regularly- overall a pleasure to… "

Kate

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

I was fortunate to find Hudgell…

"I was fortunate to find Hudgell Solicitors after having an official complaint upheld. After I… "

James Henderson

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Great service

"Great service. Kept informed at all times. Good results"

ROY NAYLOR

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Very professional and pleasant…

"Very professional and pleasant solicitors .. kept me up to date and was very prompt… "

Julie

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Recommended!

"Friendly, Helpful, and fair. Would recommend Hudgells to anyone I know."

Paul

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Friendly professional service.

"Excellent service all way through."

Sakina begum

trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star trustpilot-star

Thrilled

"After not knowing what to do, hudgell have helped me thoroughly through the process and… "

Adam Shutt

Rated 9 out of 10 based on 481 reviews

Powered by Trustpilot

Our offices

London

55 Fleet Street
EC4Y 1JU
DX 437 Chancery Lane
SRA No. 607141

VIEW DETAILS

Hull

No 2 @ The Dock
46 Humber Street
HU1 1TU
DX 11923 Hull
SRA no. 521372

VIEW DETAILS

Leeds

10 Park Place
Leeds
LS1 2RU
DX 744770 Leeds 19
SRA No. 544561

VIEW DETAILS

Manchester

1 St Peter’s Square
Third Floor
Manchester
M2 3AE
SRA No. 655049

VIEW DETAILS

© 2019 Hudgell Solicitors®. All Rights Reserved.

Hudgell Solicitors is a trading name of Neil Hudgell Limited | Director Dr. Neil Hudgell MA LLB (Hons) LLD | Registered in England No. 7078429 | Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority | SRA No. 521372 | VAT Registration No. 254 7802 90